Nicole Haynes

Senior Associate

Nicole H. (as she is affectionately known in the office) advises clients and litigates disputes involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, severance negotiations, employment contracts, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements. She represents clients in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, mediations, and before administrative agencies, such as the EEOC, Department of Labor, and National Labor Relations Board. Nicole has successfully represented corporations and employees and her experience on both sides of the “v.” gives her unique insight into employment disputes and dispute resolution.
  • Charlotte School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • University of Wyoming, B.A., 2010
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
Awards and more
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite: 2022 – 2023
  • North Carolina Best Lawyers: 2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2018 – 2021, 2023 – present
Community Involvement
  • Project Outpour
  • Ascension Lutheran Church


Nicole understands that nothing is one-size-fits-all, so she partners with her clients to pursue creative solutions. She has a knack for simplifying complicated legal issues to help her clients make the best decisions.

Nicole is a proactive and assertive litigator but understands that successful litigation strategy takes into account each client’s unique needs. She vigorously represents her clients’ best interest while maintaining her ability to be thoughtful and collaborative with all parties and counsel.  

Making a Difference

Nicole is passionate about community involvement and service to others, which extends to her work with various non-profits in the Charlotte-area. Nicole is a board member of Project Outpour, a non-profit that provides mobile shower and hygiene services to neighbors in need.

Every Christmas season, Nicole partners with The Citadel at Myers Park, a Medicare/Medicaid rehabilitation facility, to ensure that every resident receives a Christmas gift. She also organizes holiday decorating and Christmas caroling events for The Citadel that provide enjoyment and cheer for residents and volunteers.

Nicole also served as the director of community outreach at Ascension Lutheran Church for three years and focused on creating sustainable relationships between the congregation and local non-profits. She remains involved at Ascension as a volunteer and high school youth instructor.

More about Nicole

Nicole is the oldest of six siblings and was born and raised in Wyoming. Her upbringing instilled in her the values of hard work, self-sufficiency, and the importance of community. Nicole and her husband have three rescue dogs and a reformed street cat. They enjoy camping, backpacking, gardening, and DIY home projects (and completed a 21-month DIY home renovation in 2020). Nicole is a night owl, avid reader, coffee connoisseur, and hobby painter. She has an ambitious bucket list, which includes thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and visiting all seven continents!  

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